White, Ready, but will keep

2010 Gewurztraminer, Selection de Grains Nobles, Hugel

2010 Gewurztraminer, Selection de Grains Nobles, Hugel

White | Ready, but will keep | Hugel et Fils | Code:  36658 | 2010 | France > Alsace > AOC Alsace > Gewurztraminer AOC Alsace | Gewürztraminer | Full Bodied, Sweet | 12.0 % alcohol


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WA - For a long time, explains Marc Hugel, the thought was to blend two lots of 2010 Gewurztraminer S.G.N., but in the end each was bottled separately, of which the Hugel 2010 Gewurztraminer Selection de Grains Nobles R which they refer to but have not labeled as lot R leads with scents of truffle, candied grapefruit rind and smoked meat, backed-up by a concentration of these flavors on a surprisingly firm, bright palate for this grape and genre, shot-through with invigoratingly biting black pepper, peppermint oil and caraway. There is a brash, raw intensity to this elixir and its rivetingly sustained finish, befitting both its unusually high-acid, high-extract, high-energy vintage and its youth. I would anticipate some real excitement from it through at least 2040.
David Schildknecht - 28/08/2014

The Producer

Hugel et Fils

Hugel et Fils

Maison Hugel was founded in 1639 by H. U. Hugelin, this is one of most famous wine producers in Alsace. The wine estate has around 25 hectares of vineyards, as well as buying grapes from nearly 300 contracted growers. Hugel have obtained official recognition for the concept of late harvest wines - Vendages Tardives and Sélection des Grains Nobles - and consistently make some of the finest examples of these in Alsace.

For Johnny Hugel, quality originates in the vineyard. He says: "100% of the quality of a true wine is already in the grapes, not in the cellars where you can only lose quality".

No fertilisers are used in the vineyards and yields are kept very low

In the winery, both stainless steel and oak foudres are used for maturation, depending on the respective varietal and quality level. These are splendid wines of class and finesse.

The Grape



Gewürztraminer is a high quality white grape which produces classic varietal wines in the Alsace region of France.

It is the second most widely planted grape in Alsace and the most widely planted in the Haut-Rhin where it is particularly well suited to the clay-rich soils found in the Vosges foothills. It is normally fermented dry and produces golden, medium to full-bodied wine with heady aromas of lychees, rose petals and white peaches.

It attains naturally high sugar levels far in excess of Riesling and this makes it ideal for sweet, late harvest wines. These can be unctuously sweet and luscious and the best can last for decades. Rieffel, Hugel and Zind Humbrecht consistently produce the finest Gewürztraminer wines in Alsace.

It is also planted in Germany (specifically in the Rheinpfalz and Baden regions), Austria, the Alto Adige in Italy and to a lesser extent in Australia, New Zealand and California. Gerwürz means spice in German, although this pink-skinned grape tends to produce exotically perfumed rather than spice laden wines.

The Region

Gewurztraminer AOC Alsace

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